That first felted sugar bowl really was too tiny so I had another go at it.
The size is better (could be taller, but it was never going to be an exact replica) but this side view bothers me. In trying not to space the spots around too evenly, I put a couple of them much too close together.
I went back to the cafe today for a subtle photo shoot and a proper look at the inspiration bowl. Before, I had only looked at it from the other side of the room and made a quick sketch of the shape. I'm not always the most observant person when it comes to details - this was just an impression that was enough to spark the idea for the felted version.
I was surprised to find that it is not ceramic but glass. And the spots are formed in a most intriguing way. It's made of two layers of glass fused together, and the red spots are holes in the white layer allowing the red to show through.
I guess I thought this second bowl would be the end of my polka-dotted sugar bowl quest. But as I was walking back to work, I started to wonder if there was a way to replicate the double layer structure of the glass bowl, in felt. Some of my earliest felted bowls were made with two layers sewn together. I'll just need some well-placed holes.